Did you know that having a chronic disease, such as heart disease, reduces your body’s ability to defend against heat-related illnesses? If you plan to exercise outdoors this summer, talk to your heart doctor about ways of doing so safely. Additionally, your cardiology team can give you some heart-healthy tips of enjoying the summer months with better meal ideas and ways of improving your health while on vacation.
Your cardiologist can give you recommendations regarding how much water you need to drink before, during, and after exercise to prevent heat-related illnesses. Choose workout clothes that are white or light in color and are made of lightweight fabrics. When the weather is particularly hot and muggy, consider exercising indoors instead. Additionally, be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as headache, dizziness, shallow breathing, nausea, and confusion. Seek medical help if you experience any of these symptoms.
Plan Heart-Healthy Gatherings
Barbecues are popular means of reconnecting with friends and family members. Instead of chowing down on ribs and burgers; however, try to make your cookout more heart-healthy . Marinate some fresh fish fillets with lemon juice or grill chicken tenders without the skin. Instead of pairing your protein with French fries, build a veggie kabob with peppers, zucchini, and other healthy choices.
Improve Your Road Trips
Road trips are the quintessential summer vacation. Unfortunately, sitting down for long periods of time isn’t good for your heart. Take advantage of rest areas along your route; get out of the car and take a brisk walk or play Frisbee for a little while before resuming your trip. Remember to pack heart-healthy snacks such as fruit.
For more heart-healthy advice, schedule an appointment with the cardiology team at Cardiac Solutions. Call our heart clinics at (623) 208-5305 and ask us about our patient classes to help you learn about living well with cardiovascular problems. Our cardiologists welcome new patients from the Sun City West, Avondale, Peoria, and Phoenix areas, and beyond.